Five point zero

Today we officially welcome Bebo – WordPress 5.0.

Having used this software since version 1.5, way back in 2005, it’s monumental to think how it has matured, and how it has impacted my life in so many ways. 

To experience a new publishing interface today, after a WordPress auto-update completed last night, and to see the download counter closing in on 2 million downloads in less than 24 hours demonstrates significant scale, creativity, complexity and code innovation. 

A massive round of applause to Matt Mullenweg for championing this evolution, and all of those open source contributors who have shaped such a noteworthy gift to the internet. 

July bookmarks

Most of us default to retweets and quick shares on Twitter these days, but for posterity and future reference I’m going to blogroll a few articles I found particularly interesting this month.


How an Offer to Sell Wistia Inspired Us to Take On $17M in Debt

Most founders dream of building a product that eventually becomes a household name and sells for a billion dollars, but chasing that goal comes with some downsides. We chose a different path.

Chris Savage & Brendan Schwartz – Founders of Wistia

I’ve followed the @wistia team with keen interest for many years – @woothemes was an early user. This chapter is a fascinating and important read for any business owner contemplating future growth and how much control they are willing to sacrifice for it.


Part #2 — $100M to $1B+: Non-obvious Lessons Learned Selling to Yahoo!

While there is much written about growing a startup, there is far less written about being acquired, successfully integrating a startup or scaling within a large company. In retrospect, I wish I had been better prepared and more knowledgeable, and hope my lessons learned below can prove valuable to CEOs and founders everywhere.

Todd Sacredoti – Founder of BrightRoll

🤯 So many parallels, so many I wish we’d knowns. A hugely insightful read for business owners about the lesser spoken acquisition process.


The nightmare videos of childrens’ YouTube — and what’s wrong with the internet today

This really terrifies me as a dad – seeing my 6 year old, and even 2 year old boy, falling victim to these dangerous rabbit holes of deep, dark YouTube. A must watch for parents…

TL;DR Keep your kids away from YouTube.

My little documentarian

  • I 😍 that he shares my passion for photography.
  • I 😨 that he is holding my @leica_camera.
  • I 🤯 that this is an auto-edit film, created by the @djiglobal app!
Taken with my iPhone X using the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. Video made auto-magically with the DJI Go app auto-edit feature.

Taken by my talented six year old ↓

The best way to predict your future is to create it

With Gutenberg being touted as the future of WordPress it’s time to give it a thorough test drive on my personal blog. For years I’ve used this space as a test bed for personal theme developments and woonderful plugin explorations. A test bed that’s laid dormant for a while…

First up is installing a new theme that provides me with a clean and minimal canvas, leaving the creative workflow to the flexibility of the Gutenberg tools, blocks and elements.

The Twenty Fifteen theme had served me well for over a couple years now, but it’s a little too rigid for some of the new display controls.

Previous manifestations

Version 2018

After a thorough search, I discovered a theme that ticks all the boxes. Boxes that seem to be less elaborate, playful and colorful as previous ones. ꜛ

Tabor by ThemeBeans.

We like to push the boundaries of what makes a WordPress theme capable. And with the pending release of WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg, the new WordPress block editor, we couldn’t be more excited for the evolution of creating rich content in WordPress.

ThemeBeans

I look forward to seeing how closely this theme tracks Gutenberg’s development and release cycles. 🤞🏻

Whilst Gutenberg provides a completely new publishing experience, with a moderate learning curve, even for someone well versed in WordPress, it’s refreshing to experiment with something that finally feels like it questions the WordPress status quo. More of this…